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REALITY-BASED THOUGHTS AND COMMENTARY

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REALITY-BASED THOUGHTS AND COMMENTARY

Lessons from My Masters 9

By Al Ridenhour / June 19, 2019 / 0 Comments

So, in the last installment I spoke about “Fighting in the Future” and how it relates to getting ahead of another person’s movement and is the thing that all martial artists, regardless of system, are doing when faced with an opponent when they get there first. Even if they are not aware of it. So this has been leading up to another concept that people when working with the more advanced practitioners of the art of Guided Chaos experience yet are probably not aware of. I’m reiterating the quote above from the Grandmaster because it really sums up the essence…

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Lessons from My Masters 8

By Al Ridenhour / June 17, 2019 / 0 Comments

There are no small movements with regard to the end result. -Grandmaster John Perkins     Fighting in the future… This is brilliant stuff! Arguably one of the most brilliant concepts Grandmaster Perkins has ever come up with because it, in my mind, is the essence of what happens when you train in the principles of Guided Chaos. Think of this phenomenon as a byproduct of principle development. Like I said this is brilliant stuff and so while the Grandmaster won’t say it, I will! It is concepts like this that in my mind makes Guided Chaos the most well…

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Lessons from My Masters 7

By Al Ridenhour / June 14, 2019 / 0 Comments

“We try to make training that works for reality. Even mimicking real fights does not contain the neurophysiology needed. GC is a development of body and mind particularly aimed toward simultaneous adaptability to chaotic situations. Even the scenario training is nearly worthless without the development of all our major principles…You can’t really shoot, stab, or break people’s bodies in a fake way. After being physically involved in real life and death fights and studying thousands of after action reports of real violent crimes including expertise in blood splatter interpretation on real homicides, I developed Guided Chaos…” —Grandmaster John C Perkins…

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Lessons from My Masters 6

By Al Ridenhour / June 13, 2019 / 0 Comments

“These things cannot be explained in detail. From one thing, know ten thousand things. When you attain the Way of strategy there will not be one thing you cannot see. You must study hard.” — Miyamoto Musashi As I discussed in the last installment of “Lessons from My Masters 5” I cut it short regarding how to Collapse your Sphere on another person because I wanted to spend more time on it. This is because the subject is very difficult to explain. In this installment of “Lessons from My Masters”, as always, I’ll describe this as best I can because…

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Lessons from My Masters 5

By Al Ridenhour / January 4, 2019 / 0 Comments

“No Fear, No Hesitation, No Surprise, No Doubt.” — Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings   As I discussed in the last installment of “Lessons from My Masters 4”, Grandmaster Perkins taught me how to move at what I referred to as “Supernatural Speed”. In this installment of “Lessons from My Masters” I’m going to delve a little into another aspect of this because after thinking about it I realized it’s not enough to be able to move at Supernatural Speed but also how do you get in on an attacker while being unavailable yet unavoidable? And what you do when you get…

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Lessons from My Masters 4

By Al Ridenhour / December 19, 2018 / 0 Comments

“There is an echo of all principles in all movement of humans regarding martial arts. The trick is to concentrate these things into a method that culminates into a cohesive training methodology that is free of the prejudice of form in both the physical and the mental.” ► Grandmaster John C. Perkins As I discussed in the last installment of “Lessons from My Masters 3”, one of the things that I’ve always been fascinated with is the ease with which Grandmaster Perkins negates the movement of another person and that regardless of size he always seems to know how to…

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Lessons from My Masters 3

By Al Ridenhour / December 10, 2018 / 0 Comments

“It is very clear that Guided Chaos must be felt. Much will be revealed that cannot through reading, and video. All the drills lead up to the actual application of Guided Chaos… The exercises are designed to enhance the average martial artist’s basic abilities and to guide the Guided Chaos student when a class is not available… All the principles that can be learned from the book and videos will put a student in the right direction for enhancing basic power and all the other attributes. Physical initiation can give a spark toward a deeper understanding. The ultimate result is…

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Lessons from My Masters 2

By Al Ridenhour / November 15, 2018 / 0 Comments

“When I have people do an exercise I’m always watching what people are doing with their body, to make sure they’re moving right”.                                                                 -Grandmaster Tim Carron The above statement was based on a question I once asked Grandmaster Carron when he corrected me on an exercise that I wasn’t doing correctly. From my experiences working with Grandmaster Carron one of the things about his teaching style was he was very meticulous about how my body moved, especially when performing or teaching an exercise. Believe it or not, he was less concerned with the “form” or how something looked, than…

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Lessons from My Masters 1

By Al Ridenhour / November 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

“My blade moves like the softest breeze…Cutting the clouds of fear…Evading the clash of steel…Only to pierce the heart of resistance…”                                                                  – Grandmaster John Perkins In this series which I will call “Lessons from My Masters” I’m going to delve into some of the things that I have learned and observed over the years as a practitioner and instructor in the art of Guided Chaos. These are my…

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